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Limberneck spinnerbaits

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Not sure how many of you are familiar with them.

Unfortunately they stopped making them a number of years ago.

They were probably the most weedless spinnerbaits made due to the flexible arm. And they caught fish. 

Well I found a guy here in Florida that started making them again. Bought a handful of them myself. New skirt colors as well.

He goes by the name of Redbone Bait Company. Bait’s called the Limber-Blade. 

Just wanted to pass this on in case anyone used to use them. 

 

 

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Originals were made right here in Indiana if I'm not mistaken by Bros. Bait Co. 

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Quite possibly Team9.

From what I heard, they were bought out by a large company and eventually stopped being made. Who knows why.

All I can tell you was a lot of guys threw them back in the day and caught a lot of fish in hydrilla, pepergrass and eelgrass.

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Just looked it up - I was close. Ken Montgomery of Bros Bait made them in Louisville. I owned several at one time. Found this:

 

What happened to the Limberneck?
 
Brothers sold to Luhr Jensen several years ago and the marketing of the Limberneck went away. Luhr Jensen had hundreds of skews, mainly aligned in the trout and salmon industries, and the Limberneck spinnerbait and Buzzard Buzz Bait, another cool Brothers creation, went into the bit bucket. Luhr Jensen was then sold to Rapala. The Limberneck was discontinued before they were sold to Rapala.

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2 hours ago, SC53 said:

He goes by the name of Redbone Bait Company.

Does he know BGI owns Redbone®.

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Interesting design. 

SC53, have you fished these yet? How tunable are they? Curious if the stranded wire allows for more vibration from the blades. Thoughts on why they are more weedless, is it due to the wire flexing so much that it "shakes" off any grass that catches on it? Fishing grass beds in rivers for smallmouth, this could be useful...

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No relation to that company Reason. Individual owned. 

 

HD, they are hardwired to the line tie, crimped SS wire to blades. They are tune able and run pretty true out of the package.

exactly what you think. The theory is the movement of the flexible wire allows the blades to deflect off the grass making them more weedless.

 

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10 hours ago, SC53 said:

No relation to that company Reason. Individual owned. 

Yeah, I got that. My point is they own the name.

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Gotcha.

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Help me understand why it's more weedless and puts out more vibration.  Neither makes sense to me. On a regular spinrb8, you have a stiff wire protecting the hook..this thing just folds/flops around exposing the hook. The blades will rotate less because the arm is also flopping around, without a stiff anchor point for the blade to fight against. Either mfg. cost or lack of sales killed this bait. But what do I know?😲

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I didn’t say anything about more vibration.  

As for weedless, I understand you’re anology and it makes sense but I can only speak from my experience and it seems to hang up less. 

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I feel the need to comment on this bait, as for the name " RedBone" it is Trademarked as for the font. If you look up the trademark it is Trademarked by different people in different ways. As for the product falling by the wayside did you ever think that Luhr Jensen purchased it to take it off the market. Maybe they were loosing market share.  I have tried a Limber-Blade and it seems to produce better than a regular spinnerbait, maybe luck maybe not.

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I thought there was a company in GA. that made inshore rods called Redbone?

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2 hours ago, detroit1 said:

On a regular spinrb8, you have a stiff wire protecting the hook..this thing just folds/flops around exposing the hook.

I think the bottom part is regular wire.

14 minutes ago, JMW53 said:

I feel the need to comment on this bait, as for the name " RedBone" it is Trademarked as for the font. If you look up the trademark it is Trademarked by different people in different ways.

See Apple Records vs. Apple Computers. It's not so much they are both using the name Redbone, but they are both in a very similar business. It's all about whether the average consumer might confuse the two companies. BGI is huge and probably have a fleet of lawyers that could cause a lot of headaches and expenses for the little guy. They might not win a suit, but they could make his life miserable. Not a good choice for a name.

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Naming aside, the Limberneck was a great grass bait because the arm folded, allowing it to sneak through vegetation relatively unscathed. However, that same trait made it bad in wood, where the arm folding would lend itself to hanging on something more solid. Grass didn't pose that problem. Some also thought the bait had better hookup ratios in instances where a large fish might engulf the entire bait, the cable arm easily flexing and compressing. Similarly, it survived attacks from larger fish like pike and mudfish better than most for the same reason. The originals did tend to roll a lot in certain configurations. No idea why the bait went away, other than perhaps it was more niche than others at the time. I'll have to look and see if I have any still sitting around somewhere.

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SC53, thanks for sharing. I reached out by email to the owner and going to order a couple to give them a try. I love a spinnerbait bite for smallmouth. Don't know what it is about a spinnerbait to a smallie but they just destroy them when they hit it.

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My pleasure HD.  

I only hoped to pass on info to everyone in case they knew about them or wanted to try something different.  

I wish we had smallies down here.

Post up if they work out for you once you get to try them. 

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